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People: Roz Pennacchi's Adventures at SLAC
SLAC Blood Drive April 1
Talk to Highlight New Parallel Computing Lab at Stanford

SLAC Today

Wednesday - March 18, 2009

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Roz Pennacchi. (Photo by Lauren Schenkman. Click for larger image.)

People: Roz Pennacchi's Adventures at SLAC

In the fall of 1976, Roz Pennacchi walked in to former SLAC Director Wolfgang "Pief" Panofsky's office for her first day of work as a receptionist. She had no idea what to expect.

"When they told me I was going to work for the director, I thought SLAC made movies," Pennacchi said, laughing. But it wasn't long before she became fascinated by the large experiments her boss oversaw.

"I had always thought storage rings were really neat," she said. "I loved the control room, all those buttons and monitors." To get closer, she transferred to a secretarial job in the PEP storage ring operations group, but she had a hard time staying out of the control room.  Read more...

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SLAC Blood Drive April 1

The SLAC Blood Drive will be held Wednesday, April 1, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Panofsky Auditorium lobby. Appointments will be given priority, but walk-ins are welcome. To make an appointment, visit the Stanford Blood Center Web site. Click on "Find a Blood Drive" and search by sponsor code "0136."

Life & Hope: It’s in your blood. Blood donors get the satisfaction of knowing they’ve helped to provide hope and life to a patient in a local hospital.

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Stanford Professor Kunle Olukotun. (Photo courtesy of Stanford University.)

Talk to Highlight New Parallel Computing Lab at Stanford

Next Monday, Stanford Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Kunle Olukotun will present "Towards Pervasive Parallelism: The Stanford PPL" from 10:00–11:30 a.m. in Building 48's Redwood Rooms C and D. Olukotun will address the upcoming Stanford Pervasive Parallelism Laboratory and its potential contributions to programming for parallel computer systems.

Software developers will soon face systems with 20 or more potentially heterogeneous cores connected to computers with deep memory hierarchies. Harnessing these devices effectively will be a huge challenge. The goal of the newly founded Pervasive Parallelism Laboratory is to provide practical parallel programming for the masses; identify algorithms, programming models, runtime systems and scalable architectures; and make parallel computing a core component of computer science education.

Kunle Olukotun directs the Stanford PPL, and is is actively involved in research in computer architecture, parallel programming environments and scalable parallel systems. A longtime leader in multiprocessor technology development, Olukotun founded Afara Websystems, later acquired by Sun Microsystems. Afara technology became central to Sun's throughput computing initiative and part of Sun's fastest ramping products ever. Olukotun currently co-leads the Transactional Coherence and Consistency project, which aims to make parallel programming accessible to average programmers.

Read more about Olukotun and the PPL in the full event announcement.

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